John Sullivan Dwight

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John Sullivan Dwight

John Sullivan Dwight (13 May 18135 September 1893) was a Unitarian minister, transcendentalist and was America's first influential classical music critic.

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  • Work, and thou wilt bless the day
    Ere the toil be done;
    They that work not, can not pray,
    Can not feel the sun.
    God is living, working still,
    All things work and move;
    Work, or lose the power to will,
    Lose the power to love.
    • Working.

Rest[edit]

Note: This poem is often attributed to Goethe.

  • Is not true leisure
    One with true toil?
    • Stanza 1. Compare: "Absence of occupation is not rest", William Cowper, Retirement, line 623.
  • Rest is not quitting
    The busy career,
    Rest is the fitting
    Of self to one's sphere.
    • Stanza 4.
  • 'T is the brook's motion,
    Clear without strife,
    Fleeing to ocean
    After its life.
    • Stanza 5.
  • 'T is loving and serving
    The Highest and Best!
    'T is onwards! unswerving,
    And that is true rest.
    • Stanza 7.

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